A conference on People’s Food – People’s Health. Towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems, will be held under the Austrian EU Presidency in Vienna on 22-23 November 2018. The presentation of multi-sectorial best practices in the food system will be a main focus of the conference, together with a discussion on potential future initiatives towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems. A call has been issued to submit examples of best practices by August 31.
The European Food System is challenged in several ways and healthy lifestyles are gaining importance in Western societies. At the same time the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases, often influenced by nutrition, is rising. This requires an Open Innovation approach in the Food System to collaborate across boundaries in order to create co-benefits for all stakeholders. That is why the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection is initiating this high-level cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary EU-Conference with representatives of Member States and important stakeholders from the four main domains (economy, civil society, health and environment) of the Food System.

Participants will be joined by a variety of change-makers and innovators from across the EU Member States with experience in boundary spanning projects within the area of People’s food – People’s Health.

The aim of the interdisciplinary, multilevel and highly interactive conference is to:
  • facilitate an active dialogue between all relevant stakeholders in the EU Member States
  • share best practice examples from the EU Member States demonstrating how cross-collaboration can work
  • find novel ways to innovate, foster healthy nutrition and solve our public health challenge through the proposition of concrete actions.
The organizers are scouting examples of best practices to be presented at the conference. People can submit an example on the best practice portal by 31 August 2018 (call for best practices).

For more information please contact eu-foodsystems@bmgf.gv.at